BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for basketball and hockey on Monday. Student-athletes from Bethel, Saint Benedict, Saint John's, and Saint Mary's claimed the conference's weekly honors for January 6-12, 2020.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the winter season, team sports (basketball, hockey) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with meet sports (swimming and diving, indoor track and field) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.
To view each sport's 2019-20 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2019-20 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
Zach Hanson shot 82.4 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the free throw line, while averaging 18.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists as SJU went 2-0 on the road last week. He made all five of his shot attempts for 17 points and added four rebounds in 26 minutes of the Johnnies' 91-75 win last Monday night at St. Olaf. Hanson then led all scorers with 20 points on 9 of 12 shooting and chipped in four assists in the team's convincing 87-70 win Saturday at No. 5 St. Thomas.
Taite Anderson averaged 21.5 points per game leading Bethel to wins over two Top 25-ranked teams in the span of four days last week. The MIAC's leading scorer posted a game-high 18 points in 24 minutes against No. 11 Augsburg before putting up a game-high 25 points against No. 17 Gustavus. Anderson shot 63.6 percent from the floor and was 4-for-5 from three-point range, helping the Royals remain one of five teams undefeated teams in Division III this season.
Kyle Meeh showed off his offensive prowess last weekend, scoring twice and adding three assists in Saint Mary's split with St. Thomas. Meeh kicked off the weekend by recording his second two-goal game of the season - and third of his Saint Mary's career - netting a pair of power-play goals in the Cardinals' 5-4 loss to the Tommies last Friday. A day later, Meeh was at it again, this time setting up teammates for scores, collecting assists on three of the Cardinals' four goals their 4-1 win over St. Thomas in Saturday's rematch.
Rylan Bistodeau scored three goals on the weekend to help Saint Benedict defeat Finlandia twice for the program's first sweep since the 2016-17 season. The junior forward scored twice on Friday, including one power-play goal, and added a third goal - the eventual game-winner - on Saturday. Bistodeau leads the team and is tied for first in the MIAC with seven goals this season. She also leads the Bennies with three game-winning goals on the year, while her seven goals this season more than double her total for her first two seasons combined.